Two brothers and school employees Clifford (l.) and Clinton Pappadakis arrested on possession of child pornography a week after a separate investigation.
(San Jose Police)
Two brothers have lost their California school jobs after being busted on child pornography charges a week apart from each other in individual cases.
Clifford and Clinton Pappadakis, both 47, and the residents of San Jose, face felony charges of possession of child pornography after their arrest by the San Jose Police Department.
Clinton Pappadakis was arrested this week, one week after his brother.
Clifford Pappadakis was a teacher and cross country coach at Willow Glen High School in San Jose. He was discharged Dec. 31 during the course of the investigation, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
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Clinton Pappadakis was a track coach at San Jose’s Oak Grove High School for more than 20 years. The East Side Union High School District, said that he was released from his coaching duties after his arrest, according to the paper.
Scott Young, a rival coach at Santa Teresa high School, told the newspaper that Clinton Pappadakis was a well respected coach. “This is not something that I thought was a possibility,” he said. “It’s just sad and depressing.”
The investigation into Clifford Pappadakis began in September, when parents reported him to the staff of the school, police said. They accused him of taking photos of female students.
The Mercury-News reported that the principal seized Clifford Pappadakis’ school laptop and a USB drive and discovered the zoomed pictures in the private areas of the middle school and high school girls.
Police say Clifford Pappadakis broke when he asked the client for the USB drive to say that “there were photos in there that he would not be on the school website,” the paper reported.
The charges against Clifford Pappadakis also taking exploitative photos of school girls, police said.
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The police says that the pornographic images of children in possession of Clifford Pappadakis not seem to have been taken by him, to the paper.
The non-related investigation against Clinton Pappadakis also began in September after he was reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for “suspicious activity,” the paper reported.
The police said they executed a search warrant at Clinton Pappadakis’ home and discovered child pornography on multiple devices.
East Side Union superintendent Chris Funk issued a statement, saying: “We are disappointed to learn of these allegations, as we expect from our employees a professional and ethical in their interactions with students, other employees, and the community,” he said.